Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Obit" has world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

The documentary film Obit, directed by Vanessa Gould, edited by Kristin Bye, and produced by Caitlin Mae Burke and Vanessa Gould, has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month! Archival Storytelling co-author Kenn Rabin was consulting producer and archivist for the film, which is an inside look at life on the New York Times obituary desk. For more info, see this article from The Hollywood Reporter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WORLD Channel to rebroadcast the 14-hour series EYES ON THE PRIZE starting January 17, 2016

The WORLD Channel will rebroadcast Eyes on the Prize on Sunday evenings (and at other times) beginning January 17, 2016 -- check local PBS listings or WORLD for details. Episodes 1-6 cover events 1954-1965; Episodes 7-14 cover 1965-1984.

Educators planning to use this series might want to explore these resources:


Both authors -- Kenn Rabin and Sheila Curran Bernard -- were involved in the series' production. A couple of articles about it (and issues of archival filmmaking) can be found on Bernard's website.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Happy Birthday" copyright claims invalid

Good news for filmmakers! Reporter Christine Mai-Duc of the Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge has ruled that "None of the companies that have collected royalties on the "Happy Birthday" song for the past 80 years held a valid copyright claim..." See full story, here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nice write-up (undated) from Videomaker

"One of the most challenging issues facing documentary makers today is the use of images and music that belong to someone else. The world is filled with rights-protected images and sounds. As a documentary maker, you need to know your rights. Archival Storytelling will clarify the terms copyright, fair use, public domain, and orphan works. By understanding these terms, you will be able to make intelligent choices regarding the use of images and sounds that are not of your own creation."  
risks.http://www.videomaker.com/l/archival-storytelling

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kenn Rabin discusses his work as archive producer on Ava DuVernay's SELMA

Check out the February 2015 issue of The American Historian, a publication of the Organization of American Historians! Kenn Rabin discusses his work on the Academy Award-nominated film, Selma, available here:  http://tah.oah.org/issue-3/conversation-with-kenn-rabin/.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Second Edition of Archival Storytelling in the Works

Kenn and Sheila have begun work on a new edition of Archival Storytelling, to be published with a new title and even more great information useful for creators of media (TV series, dramatic features, documentaries, etc.) that use material to which someone else owns the rights. Stay tuned!

Lost 1927 Disney Cartoon Discovered

1927 Christmas cartoon featuring "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" -- an early Mickey Mouse -- discovered in Norway, according to Agence France.  See article in The Hollywood Reporter.